Recovery from liposuction range from days to
months - depending on the area that was treated. Normally, within one to
two weeks after the procedure, your daily routine and life is continued in the
normal fashion it was before the surgery. As with all surgeries however;
recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but most will return to normal
after two weeks and start experiencing the liposuction results over the next
Liposuction is a very traumatic procedure for the
tissues and the lymphatic system. The lymphatic tissues, or the tiny vessels
that remove fluid from the tissues, can be compromised during liposuction. It
is this reason that the swelling lasts so long, however; once these vessels
re-establish themselves it will help tremendously with removing this fluid.
Swelling from liposuction can take up to six months. The rate of dissipation of
the swelling is often dependent on many factors such as technique used. Remember, like all plastic surgery procedures it is going to take time to see
the final result and having patience during the recovery period will help you
stay focused on that goal.
The anesthesiologist that will
be monitoring your anesthesia
will have several monitors to
check heart rate, blood
pressure, pulse and the amount
of oxygen circulating in the
blood. There might be some
discomfort after the surgery,
however this is controlled with
A compression bandage will be
applied to the liposuction area:
Your plastic surgeon will be
giving you post operative
instructions on how long you
should be wearing the garment
and how to remove it so that you
may shower. It is
important to stay on track with
what your surgeon has advised
for your post operative care.
What to expect 24 hours after your
need to have someone responsible drive themselves home from the surgery
You should make
arrangements for a responsible adult to be with you for the first 24 hours
You will be
instructed to rest after your procedure.
The day after
surgery, you will need to move around a bit to promote blood circulation.
along with an antibiotic will be given to the patient. An anti-enemic
(anti-nausea) medication will be given to the patient as well. It is
important that you take these medications as prescribed.
Have your bed set
up in an area that is easily accessible - so you do not have to climb any
cushions placed behind your back and under the knee area will make you more
The patient will
need to wear a support garment continuously for two to three weeks.
Drainage of the excess solution out of
Do not take
aspiring or certain anti-inflammatory medications after surgery. Read our "Medications
the infusion of anesthetic solution into the areas where the fat removal is to
be done. Depending on the procedure or type of liposuction you are having,
the volume is at least equal to or greater than the volume of fat removal
anticipated. This solution makes the procedure less painful and also helps
with diminishing potential bleeding.
liposuction procedure the fat is of course suctioned, however; there will still
be some residual local anesthetic solution left inside the body. It is
normal for the patient to see fluid leaks out of the liposuction incision for
the first 48 hours. Leaking out all of this solution is beneficial, as
there will be less risk for a collection of fluid (or a seroma) to occur in the
space where the fat was suctioned out. The more drainage that occurs the
better it is in regards to bruising. Most surgeons will recommend wearing
a compression garment to limit the ability of fluid to accumulate - allowing the
excess fluid to drain out.
The first few
days following the liposuction procedure can be messy for the patient.
You will need to
make sure you have lots of absorbent pads on hand to help soak up some of
Having a second
compression garment is wise, as that way you can always have one to wear
while you are washing the other one.
Make sure you get
some plastic to cover your mattress, so that the blood tinged solution that
leaks out will not stain.
garments - like a running suit will be easy for the patient to get in and
out of during recovery.
Post Operative Depression can occur after
liposuction. This depressive mood is similar to post partum depression. The incidence of post operative depression is much higher than most patients
realize - and sometimes this area of what to expect during recovery is not fully
addressed during the consult.
Liposuction is a procedure that provides a
transformation in which alters your body. It also changes your image to
others with the way the perceive you. Some patients have a difficult time
adjusting to their new image, however; with time the old you will shine through.
What contributes to Post Operative Depression:
General Anesthesia can remain in your body
tissues for up to three weeks. These chemicals affect you both physically
and emotionally and the residual side effects include lethargy, depression,
bouts of weepiness or despair. Sometimes these side effects of the
anesthesia increase in proportion to the age of the patient.
Narcotic pain management is prescribed during
your post operative recovery period. Narcotic pain medication can cause
depression in some patients.
No one enjoys having to
stay in bed recovering. Patients who have their usual
routines suddenly altered with making sure they take the
time out for healing.
The following feelings are
normal during the post operative period:
lack of physical activity
can alter the supply of endorphins
Bruised and experiencing "Swell Hell"
recovery period, most patients look and feel
terrible physically - which can add to
feeling terrible emotionally as well.
Remembering that this is a temporary
Remembering that all the
following contributors to post surgical depression are
temporary. The most important thing to remember is
that "time heals". Having patience during the recovery
period is hard to do, but keeping your eye on the end result
will help you stay focused.